How can you even begin to introduce a place such as Venice or Venezia? Words don’t do it justice and it is impossible to compare it to other places because nothing else on Earth compares. Perhaps it is time to invoke a famous writer or two to explain the meaning of La Serenissima. Mary Shelley wrote, “There is something so different in Venice from any other place in the world, that you leave at once all accustomed habits and everyday sights to enter an enchanted garden.” Erica Jong wrote of Venice, “It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.”

Also see our PBS episode on the city of Venice

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